Jack the Giant Killer Officially Starts Production; Press Release Gives First Synopsis


This version of Jack the Giant Killer will be the second film based on the English fairy tale that has origins that can be traced back to the year 1711. The first Jack the Giant Killer was made in 1962 and starred Kerwin Mathews as Jack complete with Ray Harryhausen-style stop-motion animation.

Nicholas Hoult

Nicholas Hoult has been cast in the title role of Jack in the new epic 3D adventure “Jack the Giant Killer”.

Since this new version will be made in 3D, you can bet the action will be larger than life, just like the giants Jack must set out to kill in order to win over the princess and save the human world from giant domination.

In addition to Nicholas Hoult in the title role of Jack, the star studded cast includes Eleanor Tomlinson as Princess Isabelle, Stanley Tucci as Lord Roderick, Ian McShane as King Brahmwell, Bill Nighyas as General Fallon, the leader of the giants, and Ewan McGregor as Elmont.

Jack the Giant Killer

Eddie Marsan and Ewan McGregor are members of the king’s elite guard in “Jack the Giant Killer”. ~ image via Daily Mail

Here’s the official press release and a first synopsis:

Stars Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci,
Ian McShane, Bill Nighy and Ewan McGregor

Burbank, CA, May 27, 2011—Principal photography is underway in London on acclaimed filmmaker Bryan Singer’s 3D epic action adventure “Jack the Giant Killer,” with Nicholas Hoult in the title role of Jack, for New Line Cinema and Legendary Pictures.

“Jack the Giant Killer” tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack, into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend—and gets the chance to become a legend himself.

Hoult and Singer recently collaborated on the Singer-produced “X-Men: First Class,” for release later this year. “Jack the Giant Killer” also stars Eleanor Tomlinson as Princess Isabelle; Stanley Tucci (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Julie & Julia”) as the deceitful Lord Roderick; Ian McShane (“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” HBO’s “Deadwood”) as the besieged King Brahmwell; Bill Nighy (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”) as the giants’ leader General Fallon; and Ewan McGregor (“Star Wars,” “The Ghost Writer”) as palace guard Elmont.

Singer will direct from a screenplay by Darren Lemke and Christopher McQuarrie and Dan Studney, story by Darren Lemke & David Dobkin. The film will be produced by Neal Moritz, David Dobkin, Bryan Singer and Patrick McCormick.

The creative filmmaking team includes Singer’s longtime collaborators, director of photography Newton Thomas Sigel (“X-Men,” “Superman Returns”) and editor John Ottman (“X2,” “Superman Returns”). The production designer is Gavin Bocquet (“Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith”).

“Jack the Giant Killer” is filming on location in and around London, and is scheduled for a summer 2012 release.

A New Line Cinema presentation, in association with Legendary Pictures, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.